Photographic Plastic

Yeah, you’ve seen action figures before. But have you ever seen them come to life?  Forget Toy Story–this is Photographic Plastic.

Bill Drewnowski has an eye for a good photo. Whether it’s the color, or the lighting, or the framing, or the pose, or the figure itself, I cannot say–but when Bill take a photo of the action figures, they seem to come to life. With Photographic Plastic, have a look at Bill’s compositions and read into his ideas about the shoot as well as the figure. You’ll find the photographer has some strong opinions about his muse, and it’s hard to argue against them.


Photographic Plastic - Mythic Legions Deluxe Knight

Photographic Plastic: Mythic Legions Deluxe Knight

Bill strays from Star Wars to take a look at the Mythic Legions Deluxe Knight Legion Builder set from Four Horsemen Studios.
SH Figuarts Han Solo Figuarts Han Solo and Mafex Boba Fett

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Han Solo with MAFEX Boba Fett

Bill takes a look at SH Figuarts Han Solo next to MAFEX Boba Fett. Find out how these two match up in the latest Photographic Plastic.
40th Anniversary Black Series

Photographic Plastic: 40th Anniversary Black Series

Bill shares photos of the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Black Series retro line. This is mostly first impressions of the packaging, since these figures have already been released in the past.
Bandai 1:12 Model Kit BB-8

Photographic Plastic: Bandai 1:12 Model Kit BB-8

Bill assembles the Bandai 1:12 Model Kit BB-8, a tiny project with a huge fun-factor. He also tries his hand at some simple paint weathering.
Photographic Plastic RetroZap Collecting Highlights 2016

Photographic Plastic: RetroZap Collecting Highlights 2016

The RetroZap staff members share their favorite collectibles of 2016. Find out which action figures, trading cards, posters, and even experiences make the 2016 RetroZap collecting highlights!
Photographic Plastic: Rogue One Troopers

Photographic Plastic: Rogue One Troopers

Bill takes photos of some of the Rogue One troopers in the six inch Black Series line including the Death Trooper, Hovertank Pilot, and the classic Stormtrooper.
Rhode Island Comic Con

Photographic Plastic: Rhode Island Comic Con

The RetroZap team attended Rhode Island Comic Con 2016, and Bill shares some photos and collecting highlights.
SH Figuarts Mace Windu

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Mace Windu

Bill snaps some photos of SH Figuarts Mace Windu and shares a few links and tips for finding action figure imports from Japan.
K2-SO

Photographic Plastic: Black Series K-2SO

Hasbro's Black Series six inch K-2SO is a towering droid with beautiful weathering and an unstable footing, but a great addition to the 1:12-scale shelf.
SH Figuarts Kylo Ren

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Kylo Ren Update

SH Figuarts Kylo Ren feels it again. The pull to the light...the LED light.
Marvel Legend Marvel Select Spider-Man Carnage

Photographic Plastic: Spider-Man vs Carnage

Bill pits Marvel Legends Spider-Man up against Marvel Select Carnage in the long overdue return of Photographic Plastic.
Black Series Ahsoka

Photographic Plastic: Black Series Ahsoka Tano

Bill shares his photos of the six-inch Hasbro Black Series Ahsoka Tano action figure, and gives some tips on tracking down hard-to-find action figures.
Hasbro Star Wars Captain Ithano and Quiggold

Photographic Plastic: Hasbro Captain Ithano and Quiggold

Bill shoots Captain Ithano and Quiggold and discusses his submission to the Hasbro fan photo social media series.
Hasbro Black Series Bossk Action Figure

Photographic Plastic: Black Series Bossk

Bill shares his photos of the Hasbro Black Series six inch Bossk action figure. A bit of sloppy paint does not keep the great sculpt from shining through.
SH Figuarts Luke Skywalker

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Luke Skywalker vs Darth Vader

Bill snaps some shots of two iconic characters, SH Figuarts Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader (Return of the Jedi), then lists his top five favorite Figuarts.
Bandai Captain Phasma, Bandai 1:12 Plastic Model Captain Phasma

Photographic Plastic: Bandai Captain Phasma Model Kit (Part 2)

In part two, Bill assembles the Bandai Captain Phasma 1:12 scale plastic model kit, and gives some tips for those who are considering putting one together.
Bandai Captain Phasma 1:12 Plastic Model Kit

Photographic Plastic: Bandai Captain Phasma Model Kit (Part 1)

In a bit of a departure from his usual action pics, Bill unboxes the Bandai Captain Phasma 1:12 scale plastic model and prepares for assembly.
SH Figuarts Batman

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Batman Injustice

Bill is getting hyped for Batman v Superman, so he breaks out his SH Figuarts Batman (Injustice: Gods Among Us) action figure for a few photos.
Bandai Tamashii Nations SH Figuarts Captain Phasma First Order Stormtrooper

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Captain Phasma

Bill talks scale and shares some photos of the SH Figuarts Captain Phasma, a little bit small and a lot of awesome.
SH Figuarts Star Wars Attack of the Clones Clone Trooper

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Clone Trooper

Bill shows off the SH Figuarts Clone Trooper and then discusses NeonMob, an artist-centered, digital card collecting and trading market.
Hulk

Photographic Plastic: Hulk, Gipsy Danger, Spider-Man

Bill is feeling down on Star Wars this week, so he's sharing some of his favorite non-Star Wars figures.
Kenner Star Wars action figures Photographic Plastic

Photographic Plastic: Vintage Star Wars Kenner

Sometimes we just need a heavy dose of pop culture nostalgia, and what's more nostalgic than a photo gallery of vintage Star Wars Kenner action figures?
SH Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi

The release of SH Figuarts Obi-Wan Kenobi brings us one step closer to the ultimate Duel of the Fates six-inch display.
Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Battle Droid

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Battle Droid

Who got excited for a Battle Droid action figure right before The Force Awakens? I did.
Photographic Plastic, Imperial Shock Trooper

Photographic Plastic: Imperial Shock Trooper

The Wal-Mart exclusive Imperial Shock Trooper might be just a repaint, but there's no such thing as too many stormtroopers.
SH Figuarts Kylo Ren

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Kylo Ren

This SH Figuarts Kylo Ren figure is ready to finish the collection that you started.
SH Figuarts First Order Stormtooper

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts First Order Stormtooper

What could improve the already-awesome photography of Bill Drewnowski? SPACE WALLS!
SH Figuarts Darth Maul

Photographic Plastic: SH Figuarts Darth Maul

The Force Awakens was awesome, but so isn't the SH Figuarts Darth Maul. Remember this bad dude with this photo essay.
Photographic Plastic: Wampa

Photographic Plastic: Wampa

Step inside Bill's icy lair and meet the terrifyingly awesome Wampa figure from Hasbro's Black Series line.
Photographic Plastic: Vintage Darth Vader Collector Case

Photographic Plastic: Vintage Darth Vader Collector Case

Did you have a Darth Vader Collector Case from the vintage era? Do you want one? Check out Bill's "case study."
Photographic Plastic Han Solo stormtrooper Hasbro Star Wars The Black Series 6-inch action figure photography

Photographic Plastic: Han Solo and Stormtrooper

A gutsy Black Series stormtrooper squares off against the galaxy's scruffiest smuggler!
Photographic Plastic: X-Wing Luke and Gonk

Photographic Plastic: X-Wing Luke and Gonk

Bill creates a captivating moment with Luke and a Gonk droid that look like a deleted scene.
Photographic Plastic: Jedi Luke and Shadow Vader

Photographic Plastic: Jedi Luke and Shadow Vader

Bill recounts shooting one of his most dramatic images yet!
Prototype Boba Fett

Photographic Plastic: Prototype Boba Fett

Bill shoots one of the coolest exclusive figures in recent memory--Black Series Prototype Boba Fett!
Black Series Han Solo and Chewbacca

Photographic Plastic: Black Series Han Solo and Chewbacca

Bill focuses his lens on the co-pilots of the Millennium Falcon - Black Series Han Solo and Chewbacca.
Black Series Greedo

Photographic Plastic: Black Series Greedo

Welcome to a new series showcasing the photography of Bill Drewnowski. First up is Black Series Greedo.